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Taavi Aas: Coronavirus flight restrictions should be relaxed

Friday, September 18, 2020

Minister of Economic Affairs Taavi Aas concedes there is disunity within the government over what to do with coronavirus flight restrictions, as well as whether and to what extent troubled state-owned airline Nordica should continue to be supported. The European Commission last month green-lighted a €30-million state bailout for Nordica in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which at one point in spring saw practically all its flights grounded. Latvia…

Lithuania eases facemask restrictions in bars and restaurants

Friday, September 18, 2020

Clients in bars, restaurants, and cafes will no longer be required to wear a facemask while waiting for their order, Health Minister Aurelijus Veryga announced on Friday. People will still be required to wear facemasks when entering a catering establishment. A facemask or “other face coverings” are required when “entering or exiting”, but no longer needed when “sitting at a bar or a table”, Veryga posted on Facebook. Under the…

Estonia and Latvia sign agreement for joint offshore wind farm plan

Friday, September 18, 2020

Estonia and Latvia signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an offshore wind farm this week, the first agreement of its kind in the region. Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Taavi Aas (Center) and Latvian Minister of Economic Affairs Janis Vitenbergs digitally signed the memorandum which marks the first steps taken towards the project and carrying out a cost-benefit analysis. After the states have carried out the necessary studies…

62 new coronavirus cases in Lithuania, biggest increase since spring peak

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuania confirmed 62 new coronavirus cases over Wednesday, the biggest daily increase since the the peak in mid-April. In all, Lithuania has 3,504 confirmed Covid-19 cases. At the moment, 1,254 are active cases – the biggest number so far – while 2,149 people have recovered. Eighty-seven people have died of Covid-19 in the country so far. At the moment, 8,081 people are in isolation. The number includes active cases, their…

Hiiumaa requests additional ferry to cover summer traveler peak

Friday, September 18, 2020

Residents of the island of Hiiumaa (Estonia) have requested an additional ferry to link them to the mainland during summer months, citing growing numbers of visitors resulting in long waiting lines at ports, the island’s mayor says. The request is not new; prior to the coronavirus pandemic, whose peak saw travel to the island off-limits to non-residents in any case, talks had been in progressto procure a new vessel for…

Lithuania to consider introducing state-level Polish exam

Friday, September 18, 2020

Lithuania will consider to introduce a state-level school graduation exam of Polish as a mother tongue, according to a declaration signed by Polish and Lithuanian ministers. Results of the exam would then be accepted for university admissions. The declaration was signed by Lithuanian Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius and his Polish counterpart Dariusz Piontkowski on Thursday in Vilnius where the two countries held a joint government meeting. Under the document, Lithuania…

11,500 households’ power restored after Storm Alia, thousands still cut off

Friday, September 18, 2020

Grid distributor Elektrilevi says that, together with its partners, it had restored power to 11,500 households as of Thursday evening after eliminating 83 system failures, a job hampered by fallen trees and branches and other hazards. “It has been difficult to get to the failure points because the roads are full of fallen trees,” head of Elektrilevi’s control center Jüri Klaassen said, via a press release. “There have been cases…

Bolt aims to be climate positive with its e-scooters globally by year end

Friday, September 18, 2020

Estonian-founded taxi hailing app tech and mobility platform Bolt says it will have achieved climate-positive e-scooter operations by year-end, meaning it will remove more carbon from the environment than producing and maintaining its scooters add to it. Bolt says recent data shows around a 9-percent swing towards micro-mobility journeys, meaning the electric scooters which can be booked via the same app used for ordering taxis, and away from ride-hailing. Bolts…

SEB: Almost 25 percent of Estonian companies cut wage during crisis

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The SEB Baltic Business Outlook survey carried out in the Baltic states in July shows that 23 percent of Estonian businesses have reacted to the coronavirus crisis with wage cuts. Unlike Latvian businesses, Estonian enterprises have attempted to preserve jobs. Lithuanian enterprises tried to avoid both wage cuts and redundancies by making the greatest possible use of the state’s wage compensation measures, SEB said. The study shows that 23 percent…

NyxAir ready to take on Saaremaa flight link activities

Thursday, September 17, 2020

NyxAir, an Estonian carrier which won the tender for the Tallinn to Kuressaare route, linking the island of Saaremaa with the Estonian mainland, says it is ready to start operations as soon as the tender is finalized. A challenge from state-owned Nordica’s Regional Jet subsidiary was dismissed Wednesday by the public procurement review committee, leaving the way open for NyxAir. “As soon as the procurement process successfully ends for NyxAir,…